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Opposition to section 100D grows.

OPPOSITION AMONG NZNO and other union members to section 100D, one of the proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act, continues to grow.

NZNO strongly opposes this section, which would restrict industrial action in the health sector. In particular, it would give the Minister of Health legal power to decide limits on strike action in the public and private health sectors. Organising services manager Laila Harre says 100D singles out the health sector and is an attack on NZNO members' working rights. "The ERA already contains provisions restricting strike action in hospitals, including the requirement for 14 days' notice of strike action, mediation and restrictions on industrial action in the early stages of bargaining. NZNO has always ensured there is cover to preserve life during a strike. There is no need for 100D."

The government proposals also include the repeal of the Equal Pay Act. NZNO supports keeping the Act and wants government to consult with key groups, such as NZNO, on how to ensure equal pay for work of equal value.

Members wanting to help stop 100D and oppose the repeal of the Equal Pay Act can find further information and a submission form on the NZNO website (www.nzno.org.nz). Submissions must be sent to the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee by the end of this month (February 27).
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